Spike Lee Rumors
In late October, the film director Spike Lee visited the National Basketball Association’s Manhattan headquarters to discuss a bold idea. He had, for months, wanted to produce a commercial that would denounce gun violence in America. It is perhaps the most polarizing subject in the country, but Lee – who already had ESPN president John Skipper behind the idea – was aiming high: He wanted to include NBA stars and have the support of the league itself.
A few days after the meeting, Lee had Commissioner Adam Silver’s answer: Yes. But that wasn’t all. The NBA would give Lee the freedom to produce and direct the 30-second ad, which the league saw as a public-service announcement, as he saw fit and without censorship. It would feature four NBA players and air five times during ESPN’s Christmas Day broadcast – pro basketball’s equivalent to Super Bowl Sunday. “He didn’t even ask the owners of the teams,” Lee said in a telephone interview. “He didn’t even ask the owners what they felt. He was like: ‘We’re doing this.’ ”
Must be nice to be the San Antonio Spurs. At the request of head coach Gregg Popovich, director Spike Lee gave the team a private screening of his new movie “Chi Raq” while they are in Cleveland to face the Cavs.
From your perspective, how did this all come about? Who initiated talks? I would really give all credit to Spike for being the catalyst of this. We’re really fortunate that we’ve been able to build a great relationship and a great partnership with Spike with Everytown. We’ve done a number of things now, going back to the summer where we partnered with him on the BK loves MJ block party that he does. We ended up signing up more people to join our organization in that one day than we ever have before in a single day.
Spike Lee is set to receive an honorary Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Governor Awards on Nov. 14. And to mark the occasion, Lee was gifted a pair of special sneakers that will match his gold statue. Lee posted an Instagram photo on Friday of his new golden Jordan 6s, and they’re pretty spectacular: Spike Lee: Special Love Shout To My Main Man Michael Jordan,Larry Miller And Reggie Saunders At The Jordan Brand For Blessing Me With These Super Dope, AIR JORDAN 6 “Oscar Edition” Sneakers. These Joints Are Gold Leafed- One Of A Kind. They Will Sit Next To The Oscar On My Home Mantelpiece. Yup,Still True- IT’S GOTTA BE DA SHOES.